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From: Alison L. Gianotto <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a> (<br><br>
Sent: Friday, July 14, 2006 7:02 PM<br><br>
Anthony Schepis sentenced to 1-2 years in prison for beating 4 month old GS puppy to death<br><br><br><br><br><br>
We have an image from the case posted in the images section of this case file, but be warned that it is very graphic. (The case file itself does not display photos though, so its safe to visit the url below.)<br><br><br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br><br><br>
A man who pleaded guilty to beating a 4-month-old German shepherd puppy to death was sentenced on Friday, and the prosecutor said afterward that the case sometimes kept him up at night.<br><br><br><br>
Anthony Schepis was sentenced to one to two years in prison, which means he won't serve more than a year and could be paroled in six months. He is the second person convicted under a relatively new Nebraska law that makes animal abuse a felony.<br><br><br><br>
Animal advocates packed the courtroom, and said they wanted to make a show to Judge Marlon Polk that this was an important case. Polk said he had several letters asking him to take the crime seriously, but he said that under Nebraska law he can only consider letters from victims.<br><br><br><br>
Court documents show that Schepis had fought with his girlfriend before he beat the puppy. Schepis' lawyer said his client has long suffered from mental disorders and had forgotten to take his medication.<br><br><br><br>
"Where do the excuses end?" asked Judy Varner of the Nebraska Humane Society. "Thirty minutes he beat this puppy. Thirty minutes the puppy was screaming in agony as his owner/defender was killing him."<br><br><br><br>
Schepis apologized to the judge on Friday.<br><br><br><br>
Schepis had initially said he was innocent, and that the dog was hit by a car.<br><br><br><br>
Veterinarian Tanja Katz had testified that the dog's ribs were broken in many places, it had a ruptured lung, a broken leg, a broken skull, bruising to the eye and other injuries consistent with those caused by someone's fist, not by a car.<br><br><br><br>
Police said they found the puppy dead inside Schepis' bedroom, and they found blood spattered on Schepis' clothes and all over his bedroom. Schepis' roommate told them he was awakened by the sound of Schepis yelling at the dog and beating the dog.<br><br><br><br>
Varner said she was satisfied with the sentence.<br><br><br><br>
"The big question for society is, today's it's a puppy, who's it going to be tomorrow? His wife? Girlfriend? A child? Where does the violence end?" she asked.<br><br>
Assistant Douglas County Attorney Tom McKenney said the case was a tough one to prosecute, but he was satisfied with the outcome.<br><br><br><br>
"I have two German shepherds dogs," McKenney said. "I'm a dog lover. I saw the photos and it's, let's just say it kept me up at night a couple times."<br><br><br><br>
Alison L. Gianotto<br><br>
President/CEO<br><br><a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a> (<br><br>
1-888-523-PETS ext. 100
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